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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28927188/measuring-the-quality-of-perioperative-care-in-cardiac-surgery
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Tim G Coulson, Daniel V Mullany, Christopher M Reid, Michael Bailey, David Pilcher
Quality of care is of increasing importance in health and surgical care. In order to maintain and improve quality, we must be able to measure it and identify variation. In this narrative review, we aim to identify measures used in the assessment of quality of care in cardiac surgery and to evaluate their utility. The electronic databases Pubmed/MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, and CINAHL were searched for original published studies using the terms 'cardiac surgery' and 'quality or outcome or process or structure' as either keywords in the title or text or MeSH terms...
January 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Quality of Care & Clinical Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926943/monoclonal-antibodies-in-preclinical-eae-models-of-multiple-sclerosis-a-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Katja Schmitz, Gerd Geisslinger, Irmgard Tegeder
Monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are promising therapeutics in multiple sclerosis and multiple new candidates have been developed, hence increasing the need for some agreement for preclinical mAb studies. We systematically analyzed publications of experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE) studies showing effects of monoclonal antibodies. A PubMed search retrieved 570 records, out of which 122 studies with 253 experiments were eligible based on experimental design, number of animals and presentation of time courses of EAE scores...
September 16, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926879/-systematic-evaluation-on-effectiveness-and-safety-of-recombinant-human-growth-hormone-in-treating-adult-patients-with-severe-burn
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F Y Tian, B Wu, T Xu, X H Jiang
Objective: To systcmatically evaluate the effectiveness and safety of recombinant human growth hormone (rhGH) in treating adults with severe burn. Methods: Databases including PubMed, Cochrane Library, and Embase were searched using key words " burns, thermal, human growth hormone, growth hormone, hGH, and somatropin (human)" , and China Biology Medicine disc, Chinese Journals Full-text Database, VIP Database, and Wanfang Database were searched using key words in Chinese version "," to obtain the randomized controlled trials about rhGH in the treatment of adults with severe burn from the establishment of each database to December 2016...
September 20, 2017: Zhonghua Shao Shang za Zhi, Zhonghua Shaoshang Zazhi, Chinese Journal of Burns
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926729/guidelines-and-recommendations-for-mri-in-breast-cancer-follow-up-a-review
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REVIEW
Eduard A van Bodegraven, Jeroen C van Raaij, Mireille Van Goethem, Wiebren A A Tjalma
OBJECTIVE: Present article will perform a review regarding the current recommendations of Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in routine follow-up after successfully treated breast cancer by surgery, radiation and/or systemic therapy. METHODS: For this review, a literature review search was done with the MeSH-terms: Magnetic Resonance Imaging, breast neoplasm, post-operative period and follow-up, according to PRISMA. The literature published between 2006 and 2016 in MedBase, PubMed and Embase was consulted...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926725/association-between-x-ray-repair-cross-complementing-group-1-xrcc1-arg399gln-polymorphism-and-endometriosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Mo-Qi Lv, Jin Wang, Xiao-Qing Yu, Hui-Hui Hong, Wen-Juan Ren, Pang Ge, Dang-Xia Zhou
OBJECTIVE(S): X-ray repair cross-complementing group 1(XRCC1) gene is one of the DNA repair pathway genes playing a vital role in endometriosis risk. Various studies have explored the association between them, however, the results remained inconsistent. So to confirm the association between XRCC1 Arg399Gln polymorphism and the risk of endometriosis, a meta-analysis was conducted. STUDY DESIGN: PubMed, Web of Science, Science Director, Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI) and Wanfang Data databases were searched to identify the all relevant studies before Sep...
September 14, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926481/disparities-in-health-care-utilization-of-adults-with-traumatic-brain-injuries-are-related-to-insurance-race-and-ethnicity-a-systematic-review
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Shiyao Gao, Raj G Kumar, Stephen R Wisniewski, Anthony Fabio
OBJECTIVE: To characterize racial/ethnic and insurance disparities in the utilization of healthcare services among US adults with traumatic brain injury (TBI). METHODS: The PubMed database was used to search for articles that directly examined the association between race/ethnicity and insurance disparities and healthcare utilization among patients with TBI. Eleven articles that met the criteria and were published between June 2011 and June 2016 were finally included in the review...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926471/role-of-fat-soluble-vitamins-in-osteoarthritis-management
#7
Xiao-Yan Zheng, Jun Liang, Yu-Sheng Li, Min Tu
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a chronic degenerative joint disease, in which metabolic imbalance in bone is observed. The pathological mechanism of metabolic imbalance is not clear yet, but the nutritional factors, particularly the vitamins, might be intrinsic to the development and progression of OA. In this review article, we have explored databases such as PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar articles until the beginning of 2017 and reviewed the role of fat-soluble vitamins in pathological and therapeutic aspects of OA...
September 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926388/opportunistic-use-of-ct-imaging-for-osteoporosis-screening-and-bone-density-assessment-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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Elizabeth B Gausden, Benedict U Nwachukwu, Joseph J Schreiber, Dean G Lorich, Joseph M Lane
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to determine the clinical opportunities for the use of computed tomography (CT) imaging for inferring bone quality and to critically analyze the correlation between dual x-ray absorptiometry (DXA) and diagnostic CT as reported in the literature. METHODS: A systematic review of the MEDLINE database was performed in February 2016 using the PubMed interface. The inclusion criteria were English language, studies performed using living human subjects, studies pertaining to orthopaedics, use of conventional diagnostic CT scans, studies that measured cancellous bone, and studies that reported Hounsfield unit (HU) measurements directly rather than a computed bone mineral density...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery. American Volume
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28926132/prenatal-diagnosis-of-total-and-partial-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-multicentre-cohort-study-and-meta-analysis
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Dario Paladini, Angela Pistorio, L H Wu, Gabriella Meccariello, Ting Lei, Giulia Tuo, Gloria Donarini, Maurizio Marasini, Hong-Ning Xie
OBJECTIVES: Aim of this study is to describe the sonographic features and associations of Total and Partial Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Connection (TAPVC, PAPVC) and scimitar syndrome (SS) and to review the relevant literature systematically in order to underline the associations and the sonographic features more frequently associated with these conditions. METHODOLOGY: Retrospective cohort study. Assessed variables include: TAPVC subtype, gestational age at diagnosis, area behind LA, ventricular disproportion, vertical vein, pulmonary venous obstruction, mode of diagnosis, association with cardiac and extra-cardiac conditions, pregnancy and feto-neonatal outcome...
September 19, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925898/gh-supplementation-effects-on-cardiovascular-risk-in-gh-deficient-adult-patients-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Vito Angelo Giagulli, Marco Castellana, Raffaella Perrone, Edoardo Guastamacchia, Massimo Iacoviello, Vincenzo Triggiani
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The current meta-analysis aims at evaluating whether the existing clinical evidence may ascertain the effects of growth hormone (GH) replacement therapy on cardiovascular risk, both in isolated GH deficiency (GHD) and in compensated panhypopituitarism including GH deficit. METHOD: Original articles published from 1991 to 2015 were searched on Medline (Pubmed). Among an overall number of 181 potentially suitable studies, 24 fulfilled the selection criteria and were included in the analysis...
September 19, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925892/natural-active-compounds-from-plant-food-and-chinese-herbal-medicine-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease
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Qian Liu, Lixin Zhu, Chen Cheng, Yiyang Hu, Qin Feng
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has become more prevalent worldwide. It is often associated with some metabolic diseases, such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, and metabolic syndrome. With increasing focus on the treatment of fatty liver, much attention has been paid to numerous medicinal herbs and dietary substances to provide a new strategy for NAFLD treatment. The natural active compounds from the herbs or diet have been studied as promising treatments for NAFLD. This study aimed to summarize the use and mechanism of action of natural active compounds in the treatment of NAFLD in the recent 10 years...
September 18, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925889/physical-activity-does-it-really-increase-bone-density-in-postmenopausal-women-a-review-of-articles-published-between-2001-2016
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Daria Segev, Devora Hellerstein, Ayelet Dunsky
BACKGROUND: Physical activity is known for its many health benefits, among them the positive effect on bone health during the life cycle. During childhood, physical stress stimulates bone remodeling and increases density. However, due to hormonal changes during adulthood, and mainly during postmenopause the rate of bone remodeling is slowed and is less efficient. As a result, argument has arisen in the literature regarding the benefit or harm of physical activity on bone health among postmenopausal women...
September 18, 2017: Current Aging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925880/antileukemic-properties-of-sesquiterpene-lactones-a-systematic-review
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Elaine da Silva Castro, Lívia Azeredo Alves Antunes, Jonathas Felipe Revoredo Lobo, Norman Arthur Ratcliffe, Ricardo Moreira Borges, Leandro Rocha, Patrícia Federal Burth, Lidia Maria Fonte Amorim
This review summarizes the reported molecular mechanisms underlying the antileukemic property of Sesquiterpene Lactones (SLs). This systematic review was registered in the PROSPERO database and conducted following the PRISMA Statements. The MeSH terms, Sesquiterpenes, Lactones and Leukemia were used in four databases (Pubmed, Web of Science, Scopus and Bireme). There were 281 studies selected, but after exclusions, due to replication (n = 172) or not following PECOS criteria (n = 24), 148 studies remained. Of the 148 articles, only 22 were submitted to quality assessment and were scored in high level if more than two techniques, to elucidate antileukemic proprieties, were described, and then data were extracted...
September 18, 2017: Anti-cancer Agents in Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925861/perioperative-pulmonary-medication-management
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Johnathan Ross Renew, Stephen Aniskevich
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are common conditions that warrant special consideration in the perioperative period. When these patients undergo surgical interventions, they have risk of complications such as bronchospasm, hypoxia, and even postoperative respiratory failure that warrants unplanned intensive care unit admission. Thus, clinicians must be familiar with pulmonary medication regimens that are critical for maintaining stable homeostasis of these chronic conditions...
September 18, 2017: Current Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925860/pharmacologic-and-perioperative-considerations-for-antihypertensive-medications
#15
Sher-Lu Pai, Ryan M Chadha, Joan M Irizarry Alvarado, Johnathan Ross Renew, Stephen Aniskevich
BACKGROUND: As the prevalence of hypertension continues to increase, physicians routinely encounter patients preoperatively receiving one or more cardiovascular medications to manage hypertension. Thus, the physician's knowledge of perioperative antihypertensive medication management is crucial to ensure patient safety. OBJECTIVE: We discuss the decisions to continue or stop antihypertensive medications to reduce the risk of perioperative complications. METHOD: We conducted a review of the original research studies, review articles, and editorials present on PubMed within the past 60 years...
September 18, 2017: Current Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925742/visual-search-performance-in-patients-with-vision-impairment-a-systematic-review
#16
Cassia Senger, Maria Rita Rodrigues Alves Margarido, Carlos Gustavo De Moraes, Ligia Issa De Fendi, André Messias, Jayter Silva Paula
PURPOSE: Patients with visual impairment are constantly facing challenges to achieve an independent and productive life, which depends upon both a good visual discrimination and search capacities. Given that visual search is a critical skill for several daily tasks and could be used as an index of the overall visual function, we investigated the relationship between vision impairment and visual search performance. METHODS: A comprehensive search was undertaken using electronic PubMed, EMBASE, LILACS, and Cochrane databases from January 1980 to December 2016, applying the following terms: "visual search", "visual search performance", "visual impairment", "visual exploration", "visual field", "hemianopia", "search time", "vision lost", "visual loss", and "low vision"...
September 19, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925728/impact-of-consumption-of-repeatedly-heated-cooking-oils-on-the-incidence-of-various-cancers-a-critical-review
#17
Kumar Ganesan, Kumeshini Sukalingam, Baojun Xu
Repeated heating of vegetable oils at high temperatures during cooking is a very common cooking practice. Repeatedly heated cooking oils (RCO) can generate varieties of compounds, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH), some of which have been reported as carcinogenic. RCO is one of the commonly consumed cooking and frying medium. These RCO consumption and inhalation of cooking fumes can pose a serious health hazard. Taking into account exploratory study, the present review aims to provide the consumption of RCO and its fumes cause the high incidence of genotoxic, mutagenic, tumorogenic and various cancers...
September 19, 2017: Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925488/rectal-urinary-toxicity-after-hypofractionated-vs-conventional-radiotherapy-in-high-risk-prostate-cancer-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#18
R Di Franco, V Borzillo, V Ravo, G Ametrano, F Cammarota, S Rossetti, F J Romano, C D'Aniello, C Cavaliere, G Iovane, M A Porricelli, M Muto, M Berretta, G Facchini, P Muto
OBJECTIVE: The aim of our report was to review the literature concerning the toxicity of radiation therapy in patients treated for high-risk prostate cancer, and to evaluate the differences in toxicity between conventional fractionation and hypofractionated treatments, in view of different techniques used in high-risk prostate cancer patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: PubMed database has been explored for studies concerning acute and late urinary/gastrointestinal toxicity in high-risk prostate cancer patients treated with radiotherapy...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925466/role-of-biclotymol-based-products-in-the-treatment-of-infectious-sore-throat
#19
E Karpova, L Giacomelli, F Tumietto
OBJECTIVE: In clinical practice, physicians often prescribe antibiotics for the treatment of sore throat. However, current guidelines clarify that antibiotics should not be used in patients with less severe presentation of this condition in order to relieve symptoms. With the aim to limit the onset of resistance and reduce the occurrence of adverse events, other remedies can be used instead. For the past forty years, the use of biclotymol-based products has been a common practice for the treatment of sore throat...
August 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925418/mhealth-application-areas-and-technology-combinations-a-comparison-of-literature-from-high-and-low-middle-income-countries
#20
Haitham Abaza, Michael Marschollek
BACKGROUND: With the continuous and enormous spread of mobile technologies, mHealth has evolved as a new subfield of eHealth. While eHealth is broadly focused on information and communication technologies, mHealth seeks to explore more into mobile devices and wireless communication. Since mobile phone penetration has exceeded other infrastructure in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), mHealth is seen as a promising component to provide pervasive and patient-centered care. OBJECTIVES: The aim of our research work for this paper is to examine the mHealth literature to identify application areas, target diseases, and mHealth service and technology types that are most appropriate for LMICs...
August 8, 2017: Methods of Information in Medicine
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